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Catalog and Student Handbook 2021 - 2022

HSC 2020 Survey of Public Health Practices

This primer in public health practice will provide students with an overview of the history, concepts, methods, and contemporary issues in the field of public health. We will explore the evolution of public health as a discipline and a profession, using an approach of why, where, how, and what as it relates to public health practice. Using government documents and contemporary literature, students will gain an appreciation of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for public health practitioners and agencies to engage communities in health promotion and disease prevention. We will examine the relationship between individual behavior and public health, and discuss why the work of public health professionals is often ignored until there is a health-related crisis.